So not all of us are able to fish for and land big fish like Michelle did in my last post. That post has created a landslide of visitors, readers, and photo freaks to my blog. As such, Michele’s Idaho State Record Rainbow Trout and its story has really benefited Idaho Fishing Notebook. Thanks, Michelle!
One of my favorite type of fishing experiences are those that find me on small streams that are easily navigable by walking the bank or doing some non-serious wading to position myself in the stream. I enjoy the cold water lapping at my feet or pushing against my legs if I am wading. I want to concentrate on my fishing giving the fish my up most attention. It’s just me and the cool water and the fish. Fishing Nirvana! Big brawling rivers which are common out west don’t get a whole lot of my attention as I don’t own a drift boat or enjoy that type of fishing for that matter. I may miss some big trout, but, fishing is supposed to be enjoyment for me and that is what matters the most to me.
One of my favorite places to fish on smaller river, creeks, streams, etc. is the water that lays beneath a bridge that crosses the water and provides a change in the flow of the water and hiding spots in cool places for trout during the heat of summer. I have also spent many a rainy day fishing beneath the bridge cover when otherwise I would be getting soak and wet. Just a tip here: That happens to be a very productive time to be fishing under the bridge in my experience. For some reason the fish seem to turn on during that time.
Rainbows, Browns, Brookies, and Cutthroats all seem to enjoy laying in the pools and riffles under the bridge waiting for bait, lures or flies to be drifted to them. I enjoy fishing spinners like a Rooster Tail, Panther Martin, or Jake’s to these fish in my area. Gold or silver blades, Gold, White, or Yellow bodies seem to do the trick for me.
Here are a few photos of one of my favorite streams and a little success that I am talking about.
In this picture, notice the dark shaded area undrneath the bridge. This is where I would hang out.
This is my son, Matt, who has a firm grip on a Brown Trout that’s going home for the frying pan!
Ok, 98% of the fish we catch are released to swim another day. Every once in awhile a fish is kept for breakfast and the frying pan along with Hasbrowns and Eggs. Matt has this Brown Trout ready for the frying pan.